Grow Your Confidence with Composite Bonding

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Composite bonding is becoming the treatment making the headlines in the past year. It has become so popular in the United Kingdom amongst those seeking a newfound confidence due to it’s quickness of treatment and adaptability to most shapes of teeth. It’s also a very safe and painless procedure, requiring no preparation of the teeth.

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Composite Bonding Could Cure Your Confidence Issues

Composite bonding works by using a very durable and versatile material called, you guessed it – ‘composite’. This material is used to build up the areas of your teeth that require attention. That may be; cracks, chips and misshapen areas. The result is a beautiful smile that is not only natural but incredibly durable too.

The common ingredients in dental composite usual comprise of very fine particles of glass as well as plastic resin filler. It also does not matter what shade your teeth are as the composite can be bound to any shade of teeth.

Related: Find out more about composite bonding in Cardiff here.

You are able to go for two options that are based around either composite veneers or composite bonding.

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Composite veneers

These are essentially like a porcelain veneer in that your whole tooth is covered but the material used is composite instead of porcelain. In this case, the composite will be built up around your entire tooth encasing it in the material. This provides a brand new shape for the tooth and is a one stop solution to a bran new sparkling summer smile.

 

Composite bonding

This is used for cases where there is no need to cover the whole tooth and so is a lower cost to you. In these cases you may have a chip on the tooth or an area of misalignment which can be evened out using a layer of composite material in the area of interest. This is best applied where you are feeling a lack of confidence due to a small are of your smile. Often a slight asymmetry or chip that you are feeling looks noticeable. With a little composite bonding, you can even out the tooth very quickly and overcome the issue.

 

Composite Bonding can be useful for…

  • Discoloured teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Spaces and gaps
  • Crooked teeth
  • Mis-shaped teeth
  • Cavities

 

What are the key benefits of composite bonding?

Composite bonding has become so popular due to the huge amount of benefits of the treatment and here are some of the most important ones for you to know.

 

Quick Treatment Time

Once your check up and consultation is completed then you only need to visit the dentist once to have your composite bonding completed. This is much preferred by many as the alternative of teeth straightening or veneers can take several appointments over time.

 

No Preparation Required

In some cases of porcelain veneers you’ll need your teeth to be prepared before hand. This is often the case when teeth are too crowded together to fit the veneers over. Common ways to prepare teeth would be shaving down of the tooth or with the use of a teeth straightening treatment before hand. As composite bonding is placed over the teeth differently, there is no preparation needed.

 

Durable Material

Composite bonding treatment can last for several years and are very easy to maintain if they do show signs of wear and tear. You can just pop into your local dentist in Cardiff who offer composite bonding and they can touch up your smile.

 

Cost-effective Treatment 

Compared to full porcelain veneers you’ll be able to get your composite bonding done at a snip of the price. If you are looking for composite veneers then the price will be around £300 per tooth, a full £210 cheaper than porcelain veneers.

 

How do I book an appointment?

If you were interested in finding out more about composite bonding or composite veneers then we’d highly recommend booking in for a consultation with our award winning dentists. Having been crowned best overall dentist in Wales you’ll learn a wealth of information including whether composite bonding is suitable for you. You can get in touch with us below:

 

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Top 5 Hacks for Fresher Breath

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In this article you’ll find out some top tips to keep your breath smelling super fresh. We’re gong to assume that you already have basic hygiene nailed down in your daily regimen. That is; brushing, flossing, visiting your dentist for regular check ups and the like. We’ll delve into some lesser known hacks you can take advantage of to eliminate that confidence debilitating bad breath that you just can’t get rid of.

Top 5 Hacks for Fresher Breath

 

1. Don’t Ignore Your Tongue

So you brushed and flossed your teeth. What about that huge taste bud bearing muscle sat in the centre of your mouth? Lots of people don’t even think or see the importance of cleaning their tongue but once you imagine all of the food and bacteria your tongue comes in to contact with every day you can understand how important it’s cleanliness is to keeping your breath fresh.

It’s also rather easy to keep your tongue clean. You can purchase a tongue scraper that works by scraping residue off the surface of the tongue. Also, many toothbrushes now come with a built in tongue cleaner on the reverse of the toothbrush head.

Keeping on top of this is enough to keep that tongue in tip top shape. So get scraping and see your fresh breath take on a whole new level of minty fresh.

 

2. Stay Hydrated

A dry mouth is a smelly mouth. That’s a good mantra to remember. Dry mouth is one of the biggest causes of bad breath and it’s crazy how easy it is to fix. Simply add more water to your diet. Not only will that improve the scent of your mouth but it will keep your body functioning much better throughout the day too.

Water helps to keep your mouth moist which in turn keeps away bacteria. It is also recommended to replace fizzy drinks with water as the acid in those drinks will increase levels of bacteria in the mouth which then leads to the development of bad breath.

 

3. Fibrous Foods are Nature’s Toothbrush

When you tuck in to fibrous foods such as apples you’ll notice that with each bite the texture slides over your tooth surfaces. In this process it dislodges food particles that may otherwise have sat there in between your teeth building up plaque bacteria. This is why we recommend eating these foods sometimes during the day so that you can keep your teeth clean on the go. Here’s a list of some tasty fibrous foods you can add into your diet.

  • Apples
  • Sugar-free Chewing gum (I know, I know, not a food but nonetheless it works great)
  • Carrots

 

4. Eat Acid Neutralising Foods Like Yoghurt

Bad breath is caused by the acidic environment in your mouth. You can neutralise the pH level in and around your mouth by snacking on healthy yoghurt and similar acid neutralising foods through the day.

 

5. Don’t Be Plagued By Coffee Breath

We’ve been on one end or the other of coffee breath at some point in our past. If you are too attached to the deliciousness of a fresh brew in the morning then it’s advised to replace it with a less pongy alternative. Some examples may be green tea or peppermint tea. These will not only help you overcome your bad breath but are also healthy additions to your diet.

 

So there you have it, our top 5 tips to a fresher breath. If you are still struggling with keeping on top of your breath then we’ve set up a fresh breath clinic for people just like you. Our award winning dental experts will give your oral hygiene a look over and make sure that there is no major issue causing the bad breath and to give you help and advise to overcome it as soon as possible.

 

Need More Help? You can get in touch with the Fresh Breath Clinic here.

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Should fluoride be added to water supplies?

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New research has found that adding extra fluoride to water is perfectly safe. Following this, organisations are calling for local authorities across the United Kingdom to seize the moment and started pumping extra fluoride into our water supplies. This would enable us to enjoy the many benefits of fluoride with the knowledge that there won’t be any negative side effects.

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We Need to Talk About Fluoride

Why all the fuss about fluoride? Well, research has shown that by adding fluoride into the water supply of a city, it’s possible to decrease habitants levels of tooth decay by a whopping 50% (Hovius, 2014). This is why dentists usually suggest opting for a fluoride based tooth paste as well as various other fluoride based tips which we’ll discuss a little later on.

 

For those of you that like to know the ‘how’ in the equation, here’s what’s so special about fluoride. It is heavily involved in a process called ‘remineralisation’ which effectively helps to decelerate the rate that cavities form. The process is the opposite of tooth decay which can be caused as a result of demineralisation, where vital minerals are leaked from the tooth. Remineralisation acts in the opposite way. It deposits minerals back onto those areas of the tooth that demineralisation is occurring – thus healing the tooth.

Research has shown that when fluoride is in the environment of your teeth, it actually assists in this process. That’s why dentists and organisations such as the Oral Health Foundation are so keen to back the use of fluoride.

 

What fluoride research has been used?

Very precise research was conducted by the National Toxicology Program based in the US where around 80% of water is pumped with added fluoride. The worked with years of analysis and found that there is ‘no link between elevated levels of fluoride and cognitive learning deficits‘.

Fluoride is naturally occurring and actually found in numerous foods as well as in all drinking water. The issue is that it is only found in these sources at levels too low to aid a persons dental health. The biggest improvement in oral health in the UK is said to have been due to the addition of fluoride into toothpastes across the country. This type of advancement could be emulated with the inception of water fluoridation schemes.

We’ve discussed already how fluoride can help protect the teeth against tooth decay but that’s not it’s only super power. It even lowers the levels of acid that the bacteria on the teeth can produce. This paper is not the only research that has gone into the benefits of water fluoridation. There has in fact been more than 70 years of investigations finding a wealth of knowledge pointing to the conclusion that it’s use could reduce decay by 40 to 60 percent.

At present there aren’t plans to introduce water fluoridation into the UK but new research and countless organisations backing the change would mean that surely it’s not too far away.

 

What are the downsides to fluoridation?

As with every side of the story there is a counterargument. 

  • It is the choice of each individual water supplier as to whether or not they want to add fluoride. However, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set a maximum amount of 4 mg/l of fluoride for human consumption. If higher levels are added to water then there can be the development of bone disease.
  • Fluorosis can still be an issue at the maximum levels. This is where the teeth can become pitted or browned, especially in young children with developing teeth. Around 10-15% of young children who consume the recommended dose off fluoride will suffer from some level of fluorosis. This is one of the biggest issues with the initiative.
  • Although water fluoridation has been given credit for the increased dental health of it’s consumers, there has also been an overall increase in dental health and oral health products at the same time which should be given some of the attribution also.

 

How can you optimise your fluoride levels in the meantime?

Here’s some top tips to help you get the most out of your newfound love for fluoride.

 

1. Use a fluoride based toothpaste.

Most good toothpastes nowadays have fluoride as a key ingredient. Look out for that and make sure yours has it too. But…

 

2. Don’t rinse out your mouth after you brush your teeth.

So many people do the right thing… almost. They choose that good quality fluoride toothpaste and brush their teeth coating them with a protective remineralising layer. But next they take a sip of water and rinse off all that protection and spit it in the sink! You’re not expected to walk around with toothpaste residue in your mouth either though. Once you’re done brushing your teeth you can swish around the residue in your mouth and spit it out. BUT… don’t then rinse it out with water or you lose a lot of the added benefits of the fluoride.

 

3. The mouthwash dilemma.

Most mouthwashes do very little for your teeth. Sure they may ‘freshen up’ your breath but many often contain acidic colouring that you don’t really want touching your teeth anyway. Some Mouthwashes are good for gum disease such as Corsidol. The best rule to follow with mouthwash is to first get advice from your dentist at your next appointment and then if you do choose to add it into your oral health regime then make sure that you use the mouthwash before you brush your teeth and not after. Rinsing with mouthwash after brushing your teeth is a bad idea because of the note above in which we discussed how you’ll just end up rinsing off all that fluoride! However, there is one exception to the rule. If your mouthwash is a fluoride based mouthwash then it is fine to rinse with this post brushing as you are still coating your gnashers with a fluoride base.

 

For more details about your oral health check out our hygienist services.

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How to Beat Dental Anxiety Once and For All

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Dental Anxiety is the kryptonite to many a healthy smile. Studies commonly find that around 60% of people suffer from some form of dental anxiety, otherwise known as odontophobia. This can mean anything from feeling a worry about what may happen behind surgery doors to a full blown fear that leaves the patient paralysed at the tiniest thought of being near a dental surgery. Dental anxiety is a very real thing. If you are suffering then it is important to understand that you are certainly not alone.

 

How to Beat Dental Anxiety Once and For All

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So How Can We Help Those With Dental Phobia?

Our team at Bamboo Dental in Cardiff sat down with several sufferers of dental phobia and discussed the methods and practices that they use to keep calm and to get through their dental appointment with as little stress as possible. A wide range of ideas to calm yourself down were shared amongst the group and we have collated them here. They may just be able to help you too!

 

Choosing the Upwards Spiral

We recently shared an article in which we discussed the best way to deal with dental anxiety. This involved choosing the upwards spiral in the way you take action against this crippling fear. This concept covers a difficult decision that anyone with a fear of the dentist will have to make. At this decision point you either tackle the issue head on or you avoid it and put off your phobia until a later date.

 

Downwards Spiral

The downwards spiral comes into action the second you choose not to visit the dentist. Those initial dental problems that caused you some discomfort will eventually grow into critical problems that may not only be a lot more painful and require a lot more work done at the dentist but you could also end up with long lasting damage to your smile. Don’t let it get to this point.

 

How to Cope With Fear at the Dentist

Now you’ve realised that the only way to overcome this phobia is to face it head on and get yourself down to the dental clinic there are a few things you can do to make it easier for yourself. Here’s our top tips on fear reducing tactics you can use to help on your next dental visit.

 

1. Distract Yourself with Music

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One very common concept is to distract yourself by listening to your favourite tunes. You can do this both in the waiting room and in the dental chair in many surgeries whilst receiving treatment. It is often in the waiting room that anticipation starts to build so that’s a great time to pop in your ear phones and take your mind off to a calmer place.

 

2. Meditation Could Calm Your Dental Phobia!

Woman meditating to avoid dental phobia

Meditation is used by so many nowadays. It is a practice that can help you in various areas of your life but most importantly in quieting the racing thoughts of your mind and dissolving that anxious mindset into one of calmness and freedom. Practicing meditation for just 10 minutes a day has been scientifically proven to actually change the composition of the brain. You will be more ready to deal with any worries and stay calm in times of fear.

 

3. What About When You Are in the Surgery?

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Some dentists install televisions onto the ceiling of the surgery like shown here. They are used primarily to give the patient something to take their minds away from the dental procedure taking place whilst they are actually in the dental chair.

 

4. Your Dentist Can Ease Your Dental Phobia

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Perhaps the most effective way to get through your dental phobia is to sit down and talk about it with your dentist. He has seen many patients with similar fears and so is in the bet position to help you through it. Having him or her understand exactly what is troubling you will give them the best knowledge to make things as smooth as possible for you in your visit to the dental clinic.

 

5. Get Spiritual

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Your senses are critical to how you get through your dental anxiety. In order to take a spiritual stance on dental fear you should focus everything on the environment. First take your mind and put your thoughts onto the environment you are in rather than the situation. Now as you sit in the chair start to feel the firmness of it, feel your weight on the chair itself and the air touching your skin. Listen to all of the sounds around you or the absence of sound itself. Before long you’ll realise that concentrating on these external factors will take you into a trance like state that moves your thoughts entirely away from the dental procedure itself!

 

6. Take it Out on that Stress Ball

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When feeling immense stress there needs to be a way for you to release it. Imagine taking the force of anxiety you feel during your dental treatment and pushing it all out through one tight squeeze of that stress ball. Although a very simple tool, don’t overlook this as it has been a tried and tested method for many odontophobia sufferers.

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Private Dentist Culture

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British Oral Reputation And The Private Dentist

There seems to be quite the reputation regarding the British concerning one thing; Bad teeth. As more and more people get treatment from private dentists this is a reputation that is getting very outdated very quickly.

Here are some interesting facts. We’re not so far behind America.

With the media putting focus a lot of focus on a “Hollywood” smile it’s no wonder people are going to a private dentist. Magazines, adverts and all forms of media are talking about oral hygiene and health. We, as British people are becoming more aware of our smiles and that’s a good thing!

The limits of the NHS

The NHS, whilst extremely valuable at times, are limited in what they can and will do. It seems as if unless a treatment is absolutely necessary they are happy to leave it. This is why private dentists are becoming so popular. Oral health is not only important in regards to physical health but well being and mental health as well. This is why many people are going to a private dentist; to fix something that will improve their quality of life in every aspect.

Private dentists can usually accommodate needs a lot more as they are able to perform most treatments at a time that suits you. We are open 7 days a week with long hours. They are able to offer cosmetic treatment in a hassle and judgement free space. A lot of NHS dental practices rarely accept new patients and some places have waiting lists for up to a year. There are horror stories we see each week about how people couldn’t get appointments or emergency treatments.

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People in severe pain can struggle to find appointments.

The Private Dentist Influx

This is why the private dentist trend is booming. Whilst cost might put people off a lot of private dental firms aren’t as pricey as you might think. For example, here at Bamboo dental we offer 0% finance over 12 or 24 months for any treatment over £350. That is as little as a phone plan for some treatments.

Here is our price list. – Take a look!

The mindset is changing. Our British “Stiff upper lip” has always been ingrained into our culture – often to our disadvantage. We often leave problems hanging until they are absolutely unbearable. It’s the same with oral health. Cosmetic treatments are often ignored completely by the NHS and and braces not given unless the teeth are extremely wonky. That culture is changing; The stigma to fix a broken smile cosmetically or for health reasons is almost non existent. The focus on oral health and treatment is becoming more available to everyone through media, articles and all other forms of news. Thus allowing a more informed choice and contributing the influx of people going to a private dentist!

 

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Gum Disease Symptoms and Prevention

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Gum disease is likely to be experienced by everyone to some degree during their lives. It can truly impact your smile if you don’t keep an eye out for the signs. That being said, gum disease is actually very easily to kept bay. As long as you stick to a positive daily dental health routine then your gums and smile should have the best chance of staying healthy in the future.

Let’s Talk About Gum Disease.

Gum disease can come in several different forms, some of which are more alarming than others and will require a much longer time to treat. At the low end of the scale is a mild form of gum disease, often known as gingivitis. This is a type of gum disease where your gums can become swollen and sore. The usual cause of this is the build up of plaque on the edges of the teeth. Plaque can easily be built up on your teeth if you fail to remove it every day. The plaque contains bacteria that irritates your gums causing inflammation and subsequently, gingivitis.

 

Don’t Ignore Gingivitis

It may be the mildest form of gum disease but it certainly should not be overlooked. Left to it’s own devices, gingivitis has the ability to evolve into a much more severe condition – periodontitis. Once at this stage your gums will be infected badly which can result in further damage to the surrounding bones and other tissues. As a result of this, your teeth lose the structure that holds them in place which can result in tooth loss.

 

Common Signs of Gum Disease

The first thing to take note of is that it is entirely possible to have no symptoms at all and yet still have gum disease. The pain from gum disease is mild in most cases and sometimes not present at all. This outlines a key reason for you visiting your dentist at least every six months for check ups.

 

Common symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Persistent bad breath 
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Sores in your mouth
  • Pain whilst chewing

 

Who is at the Biggest Risk of Gum Disease?

As gum disease is the result of plaque build up on the teeth, and everyone gets plaque on their teeth, then anyone can get gum disease. There are, however, a few factors that can greatly increase your risk. These include:

  • Smoking
  • Emotional stress
  • Diabetes
  • Poor diet
  • Obeseity

Studies have shown a strong correlation between gum disease and general health issues. Experts also think there is a hereditary factor involved with gum disease. This means that should gum disease run in your family then you may also be more prone to developing it. 

 

How Can You Prevent the Risks of Developing Gum Disease?

The most significant thing you can do to prevent developing gum disease is to take regular action in removing plaque from your teeth. Here are some easy daily practices you can follow to keep on top of your dental health:

  • You should ensure that you brush your teeth two times a day. This should include brushing just before you go to bed so that your teeth are super clean throughout the night. If you are unsure of the best way to clean your teeth then please ask your dentist for advice. Bamboo offer a special hygienist service to help give your teeth a thorough clean and give you any advice that you may need.
  • Use the correct toothbrush and in the correct manner. Electric toothbrushes are often considered best at removing plaque, however you can always ask your dentist for more personalised advice.
  • Floss daily. So many people overlook flossing yet you miss cleaning a huge portion of your teeth in doing so. Whats more is that those areas you miss are the areas most likely to be housing lodged food particles, the exact thing you need to remove!
  • Avoid smoking. Giving up this habit will help to reduce the chance of getting gum disease as well as giving your health an overall benefit in many other areas.
  • Visit your dentist every six months for a check up. This enables them to spot the subtle early signs of gum disease and advise you accordingly.

If you have any concerns about gum disease or dental health in general then please get in touch with us or give the Bamboo Dental team a quick call on 029 2056 9769.

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Common Teeth Straightening Myths Debunked

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Conflicting information soaks up much of the internet like an unintentional game of Chinese Whispers. We are often asked very similar questions about teeth straightening that are simply not true yet seem to circulate conversion regularly. Here we’ll go through some of the most common untruths we hear. It’s time to get to the bottom of the teeth straightening myths working their way around the world!

Common Teeth Straightening Myths Debunked

#1 Only children and teenagers wear braces.

There is an image many hold in their mind of the stereotypical teenager, complete with messy hair and train track braces. The truth is that private dentistry accommodates for both adult and teenagers nowadays. In fact, more and more adults are opting for braces to correct cosmetic issues.

I key reason for the large influx in adults seeking teeth straightening is the development of more discreet looking braces that are barely noticeable unless you get up super close.

 

#2 Veneers are a fast alternative to braces.

In some cases this could be true, however, in only in the idea that it is a quicker way to get a tip top smile. This does come with some caveats though. Some people will find that their teeth are particularly crooked and in those cases some work may be needed on your teeth before the veneers can be fitted to your teeth. This can mean that you even need your teeth straightened prior to you having your veneers being fitted. In other circumstances you may need some tooth preparation in the form of shaving down of the teeth. This creates a gap around the tooth for the veneer to fit on to.

 

#3 Braces take too long to straighten teeth!

With today’s technology this is not necessarily true. One of our most popular treatment is the Six Month Smiles braces system. Yes, you guessed it, it can straighten your teeth in just six months (sometimes less!). This is about one third of the time that orthodontic treatment used to take and in the big scheme of things is not too long at all. If you require very little movement then alternative treatments such as the Inman Aligner can be used to correct the tooth position in even less time.

 

 

#4 Wearing braces will feel uncomfortable and look bad.

It will always feel odd having something like a brace in your mouth. However, with new technological advancements, you won’t necessarily be feeling discomfort. Within a short term you’ll get used to the feeling and likely forget that you even have the braces in. Now to tackle the myth of the brace looking bad. You may have heard of invisible braces or clear aligners. These are a type of teeth straightening, such as Invisalign, which are completely transparent and almost invisible to the eye. Even fixed braces can now come in tooth coloured varieties so that they are as discrete as possible.

 

#5 Once my teeth are straightened, they’re good for life.

Sadly this is not the case at all. If left to their own devices your teeth will most likely start to move back to their original position. This is easily prevented though. After treatment you’ll be given a retainer which keeps your teeth in place and you can wear that over night. An alternative is to get a fixed retainer which is placed behind the teeth and permanently holds your teeth in place. A lot of people avoid wearing their retainer and feel that their teeth are special and will not retreat to their old position. After some time they often regret the decision and may need further orthodontic work to get their new smile back on track.

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Dental Implants and How They Can Impact Lives

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A life with missing teeth or loose dentures can be a very frustrating one. We truly feel for patients who are going through these issues as it can not only knock their confidence but can cause stress performing every day tasks too. The good thing is that it doesn’t have to be this way. There is a solution in the form of dental implants that has been able to positively impact countless lives since their inception.

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Change Your Life Today With Dental Implants

First things first, if you haven’t heard about dental implants before then let us enlighten you on these little pieces of magic. Okay, so it’s not magic but they do theoretically allow you to have your ‘third set of teeth’. That is, you get to have a new set of permanent teeth that both look and feel just like real teeth. Without getting too technical, they work by surgically inserting a titanium post into the jaw bone, essentially creating a strong and durable structure for a crown to be placed on top. The results are fantastic and allow those who seek it the freedom they desire. Not everyone is a suitable candidate for dental implants but for those that are, they are certainly something worth looking in to.

 

Why Should You Even Consider Replacing Missing Teeth Anyway?

Well, dental implants are not for everyone. Some people may be just fine with gaps or loose dentures. However, for those losing hope of a better life, implants can lend you a guiding hand to a happier existence. Here’s some reasons why:

 

How You Look Changes How You Feel.

Without sounding superficial it is completely true that when you make an effort to look good, you feel much more confident and happier in yourself. Ever remember getting a really good haircut one day and walking down the street with this extra air of confidence? You begin to walk the world with ease when you know that you are looking on point. So you can imagine how something as distinct as your smile could impact your mood massively if it isn’t looking the part.

These feelings often progress deeper into your life. You may try to avoid social situations or certain events that you’ll have to talk at for worry people will judge your missing tooth. This can have serious effects on your life that can not only lead to a loss of confidence but the presence of depression too.

 

Your Dental Health Can be Affected.

Your teeth and structure of the mouth are all perfectly synchronised for their every day use and health. This has been an evolutionary process. So, it is not surprising that upsetting the structure of your teeth can have drastic effects on the other teeth still left in your mouth. As you now have a new gap in your smile, your once healthy, straight teeth have a space to twist and lean in to. This is likely to happen after such simple tasks as chewing your food each day. The result is a domino effect worsen the teeth that you still had left and creating more complex dental issues in the future.

 

A ‘Hole’ Load of Discomfort

Excuse the pun but with a gap or hole where your tooth used to be, a lot of discomfort could be on the horizon. Exposed gum tissue is not built for hard foods to crush in to. The same goes for unfixed dentures. They can click and make embarrassing noises as you try relentlessly to consume those foods that once gave you so much pleasure. A simple dental implant can fix the gap in your smile or fix down that denture permanently allowing you the freedom you should deserve.

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Top 8 Tips to Healthier Teeth and Gums

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The alarm clock jolts you out of bed. You head to the bathroom and reach blurry eyed towards your toothbrush and the random half squeezed tube of toothpaste that was half price in the local supermarket. You brush with haste, time is tight. Next, a quick cup of coffee and a slice of toast before the front door shuts and the car door opens.This is the dental health routine of many people living a hectic lifestyle with too little time to think about whether what they are doing is right or wrong. It’s time to take control of your dental health. So, we’re here to give you some top tips to healthier teeth and gums that won’t need you to move the earth to fit into your lifestyle.

Top 8 Tips to Healthier Teeth and Gums

1. Drink water with meals.

A glass of water with a meal is the ideal companion for healthy teeth and gums. As you eat your delicious Sunday roast, little fragments of food will become lodged in between your teeth. If you keep a glass of water on standby then as you take a sip you can wash out the debris with every gulp.

Another advantage to grabbing yourself a glass of water is that it substitutes choosing another drink such as sugary drinks that will only add more danger to your teeth.

2. Make floss your new best friend.

If you miss flossing then you miss cleaning all of those small areas between your teeth. Believe it or not, those areas cover 35% of your teeth surfaces. So reach for that floss and give your teeth a full body clean. If you don’t, then you risk leaving bits of food between those gnashers that will eventually turn to plaque and damage your enamel.

 

3. Chew sugar-free gum.

As long as your chewing gum is sugar-free it can be a brilliant on the go aid to cleaning your teeth. The gum effectively dislodges food particles stuck on and in between your teeth. Best used after eating, the fibrous texture will work wonders to keeping your teeth in good form.

 

4. Choose the right toothpaste.

There’s lots of types of toothpaste displayed out on the supermarket shelves with tempting tag lines and promises. They key ingredient you need to look for is fluoride. With a good fluoride toothpaste you should be on the right tracks. Why is fluoride such an important substance? Fluoride plays the role of preventing tooth decay. It does this by bolstering the tooth’s resistance to acid attacks caused by plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth. Not only this but it also helps to reverse early decay.

 

5. Don’t rinse after brushing.

If you rinse your mouth after brushing your teeth then you risk washing out any excess fluoride that could be working wonders for your teeth (see number 4). This is the case whether you are rinsing with water or mouthwash. Therefore a better option for you would be to actually swish the residue toothpaste around your mouth before spitting it out. If you like to use mouth wash then do this before brushing unless it is a fluoride mouthwash which you can use after. Although, speak to your dentist before deciding which type of mouth wash to use as using a fluoride mouthwash when you already have enough fluoride through your toothpaste and water can lead to fluorosis.

 

6. Don’t get sentimental with your toothbrush.

Did you notice that your toothbrush is looking a little worse for wear? The fine bristles are curved and tired. The colour may have even started to fade. Well, it is recommended not even to wait for these types of signs before changing your toothbrush or toothbrush head. In fact you should look to change it every 2-3 months to avoid micro-bacterial build up deep in the bristles.

 

7. Check in every six months.

Be sure to attend regular appointments at your dentist. It is recommended to do this every six months, even if you feel fine. Why? Because a dental issue found early is easy and usually painless to treat. If you wait longer then problems can snowball into serious dental issues that will not be so easily addressed.

 

8. Don’t ignore your tongue.

Your tongue is a BIG part of your mouth, so don’t ignore cleaning it! Most toothbrushes now have a tooth scraper on the reverse side. If yours doesn’t then you can pick one up for very little money. use it to maintain the cleanliness of your mouth and to limit the risks of bad breath.

Now the key is to plan your daily routine and stick to it for 3 weeks so that it can become a habit that you perform every day without needing to think about it. So get to work and get those teeth and gums back to their best!

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How You Could Transform Your Smile This Year

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It seems like every person in the public eye has a perfect set of bright white teeth. They weren’t born with those, they just knew the importance of their smile. You see, the way your teeth look are a huge factor that is taken into account when meeting a person for the first time. This is why those in the public eye have gone to such lengths to make sure that their pearly whites look the absolute best that they can. As with many celebrity trends, this idea has moved its way down to the general public. More and more people every day are sporting beautiful, straight smiles and looking better than ever. The perfect smile is now something that just can’t be overlooked. Not only for the self confidence it can give you but for the ongoing health benefits too.

It’s Time to Join the Smile Elite

The smile elite are those that walk around proud, gleaming with confidence. They are the people who can’t wait to share laughter and fun. They are the people that were willing to take a step to making themselves the best self they could be. And that all starts with contemplating what your smile means to you. The first thing you need to do is acknowledge how you feel about your smile. Perhaps you’re already happy with how it looks, in which case thats brilliant! If not then there are options for you whether your dissatisfaction be anything from discolouration to crooked or even missing teeth.

 

How Could You Transform Your Smile?

Let’s look into some of the options you have when looking to take your smile to the next level. There are several options that are fitting for different needs and desires. 

 

Straighten Up That Smile

Teeth straightening has been around for a very long time but has progressed tremendously with the increased demand for cosmetic dentistry. Long gone are the days when metal train track braces were the only solution. In fact, they are pretty much extinct at Bamboo. Depending on your needs, we can offer super fast teeth straightening, invisible teeth straightening or very short term straightening for those with little movement needed.

 

Super Fast Teeth Straightening

With Six Month Smiles, you guessed it, you can have your straight teeth ready in just 6 months (sometimes less). This revolutionary teeth straightening system comes in the form of a fixed brace yet it is nothing like the old metal fixed braces you may remember from school. Six Month Smiles is tooth coloured with clear brackets which makes them discreet and hard to notice. Dr Dan at Bamboo is the leading provider of Six Month Smiles in Wales. This has given him the title of Elite Provider. The enormous amount of cases he performs each month mean that his skills are tip top, enabling him to straighten out teeth with precision and speed. This treatment is best placed for those that prefer to have a shorter treatment time over having an invisible teeth straightening solution.

 

Straighten Teeth Under the Radar

Invisalign is the perfect teeth straightening solution for those selfie conscious people concerned about people noticing their braces. This removable aligner system allows you to not only straighten teeth invisibly but you can even remove the aligners to eat or for special occasions. The only downside is that the treatment time is a little longer than Six Month Smiles, being more like 12 to 24 months.

 

Don’t Forget Veneers

Cosmetic veneers are the centre-piece of many super sparkling celebrity smiles. They can be fitted through four appointments over one month and can truly present a spectacular transformation. With cosmetic veneers, most people opt for a style that looks similar to normal teeth. You may look at  persons smile and believe that they were blessed at birth to have such a perfect set of pearly whites yet for all you know they may be laboratory created cosmetic veneers. That is the beauty of these small tooth encasements, they can look just like real teeth and so nobody would know they are not real. On the other hand, some patients desire a more Hollywood style smile. This would be represented by a gleaming white colour and a noticeably glamorous design. Whichever you are aiming for, the designs are extremely versatile and the perfect set of veneers can be created for you.

 

Dental Implants Could Be Your Third Set of Teeth

Many say that dental implants are your third set of teeth. This is due to the fact that they are as strong, if not stronger than regular teeth. These are best suited for those people who have missing teeth and want a permanent fixture in its place. Dental implants are just that. They look, feel and act just like real teeth and can completely transform some of the most complicated cases.

 

 

 

What Are the Next Steps to a Smile Transformation?

Everyday we meet patients who know that their smile is holding them back. They come to us for help but don’t know exactly what they want. This is where our free consultations come in. You get the chance to sit down with our award winning dentists who will talk through all of the options with you. After chatting you will have a much clearer idea of which treatment is suited to you and will take you on a journey that will leave you smiling confidently.

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